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Music Alumni

Elmhurst's special blend of academic excellence, dedicated faculty, and professional experience opens the door to a wealth of careers. In fact, our alumni are working all over the world, in every aspect of the music industry. They include:

  • Don Kovach ’08, director of orchestras, Jacobs High School
  • Jessica Cross ’07, vocal music and choral director, Bryan Middle School, Elmhurst District #205
  • Josh Kaminsky ’07, band director, Still Middle School, Naperville District 204
  • Kelly Page Grosser ’06, circulation manager at Downbeat magazine
  • Mike Pinto ’06, professional guitarist, composer and arranger, Elmhurst College jazz faculty; teaching guitar and directing Lab Band, Gretsch Electric Guitar Ensemble, Electric Guitar Collective, jazz combo and assistant director of the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival
  • Tara Cappelletti ’05, associate director of bands, Leyden High Schoool
  • Joe Babiak ’03, professional drummer, studio musician, songwriter & composer
  • John Born ’03, technical training specialist at Shure Microphone
  • Evan Kroft ’02, director, music programming, Country Music TV, Nashville
  • Singer and pop star Justin Roman '01, Chicago Music Awards' Song Writer of the Year
  • Kris Myers '99, drummer for the jam band Umphrey's McGee
  • Mark Bruschuk ’98, music director, Yokota Air Base High School, Tokyo, Japan
  • Chris Siebold ’98, guitarist, popular Chicago area studio recording artist
  • Gayle Bisesi ’96, professional vocalist, composer, Elmhurst College jazz faculty; teaching voice, directing Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble and is the director of music admission
  • Mike Pavlik ’96, director of bands, District 205 York High School
  • Typhanie Monique Coller ’95, international jazz singer and recording artist
  • Terri Hemmert '70, long-time rock radio disc jockey at 93.1 WXRT.
  • David Kuebler '69, a world-renown operatic tenor
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